Why Does My Honeywell Air Purifier Keep Shutting Off? Is This Problem Solvable?

Last Updated on May 22, 2023

“Aww, I feel so bad. It’s been working so nicely since the day it got home. Why does it shut off like this now?”

“I think we should hold our nerves. You know how machines are. I’m sure it’s fixable.”

Now, with an optimistic though saddened heart, you might be wondering – why does my Honeywell Air Purifier keep shutting off? As serious as the problem might be, we are here with every solution in the book. Want to trust us for a moment? Then, hang in there.

Why Does My Honeywell Air Purifier Keep Shutting Off?

We know that it’s bothering you. No worries. Here we are with a detailed explanation of the situation along with the solutions.

Malfunctioning Power Cord

Here’s a common problem that’s making all the hassles. The power cord is usually the most neglected part of a package. How often do we see it twisted horribly? And placing it in improper angles is something we don’t care about. So, the users are also responsible for damaged power cords.

Therefore, we urge you to take good care of the purifier’s power cable. Place it in a dry and cool place so that it doesn’t wear out quickly. Also, make sure that the connecting port is functioning well. Moreover, keep the cable straight without leaving any external pressure on it.

Now, after following all the protocols, the cord can still get damaged once in a while. If that happens, there is no need to panic. Just remove it, pack it inside something, and never take it out again. It won’t cost you a fortune to buy a new one. However, it may cost you your purifier if not removed.

Now, ensure whether it’s any of the components of the system that are causing the problem. But, it’s difficult for someone with little knowledge of electronics. Again, you will have to seek the help of a mechanic if you can afford it.

Another cause of the problem can be the power outlet itself. Sometimes, outlets refuse to work anymore. Connect the power cord to a different outlet in the house so that you are sure about the functionality of the outlet.

And if the outlet provides power occasionally, then you shouldn’t use it anymore. For, such outlets are more prone to produce short circuits.

Now, if you are familiar with the use of a Multimeter and own one, then I would suggest that you put it to use before making a call. This way, you can be certain about the fitness of the power outlet to operate.

Stuck with a Defective Item

Yes, as heart-breaking may it sound, you might be one of the unlucky buyers. And it happens to the best of companies, of course. It’s almost impossible to offer a no-defect production, no matter how much they scrutinize everything.

Therefore, what you need to do at this point is keep calm and think positively. The manufacturers won’t desert you just like that. They will back you up either with a replacement or by repairing your purifier. And once they respond to you and attend to your complaints, you can rest assured.

Now, some users may go through bad customer care experiences. I’ve figured out a couple of reasons for such unwanted occurrences.

Firstly, it’s difficult for some customers to state their complaints properly. Either they fail to identify the problem accurately, thus making it difficult for customer care to identify. Or the user may be one of those short-tempered guys who lose it fast, thus making the customer care treat him ordinarily.

However, I’m not saying that any of the above reasons justify deaf ears and blind eyes from the manufacturers’ end. But, it doesn’t harm to warn you. Speaking of which, never try to fix the device on your own while you are still under warranty coverage. Don’t ruin the privilege you have.

Too Much Workload

No machine is okay with overloading operation. And the purifier isn’t an exception. If the air is too dusty, and the device is working non-stop, you can expect it to be turned off now and then. And that’s a good thing. Otherwise, it would get damaged due to overheating.

So, how do you know that the overload is causing the problem? Well, you keep it turned off manually for some time, and then once it cools down, you switch it back on. If that solves the problem, then you don’t have a problem with the purifier.

For, it’s the protective mechanism that is turning the purifier off. However, there’s one other thing that can cause the power issue. We know how important it is to keep the filters clean. Now, when you are too lazy to clean them, the device is forced to generate extra heat.

There’s another subtle problem in such situations. Bills. Yes, they will appear weird all of a sudden. The difference in the bills in two consecutive months will be ridiculous. And it will leave you wondering – what’s the culprit?

Well, it’s the very air purifier we are talking about, and the overheating is the underlying cause. Therefore, you cannot afford to be reluctant when it comes to cleaning the filters regularly and properly.

So, turn off the machine, remove the power cord, and clean the filters properly as instructed in the manual. Then let the purifier resume its work and watch it function trouble-freely.

Yes, the filter, at times, is burdened with more than it can handle. No two machines will have to do the same work if the conditions of the environment are different. Therefore, it’s not justified to complain straight away without assessing the reality first.

Your friend from the other side of the town might be enjoying a good experience with his purifier. But, he doesn’t have to endure the industrial pollution you may do. Therefore, you cannot compare the efficacy of your device with his.

When the dirty particles your machine deals with are too much, you are left with a clogged filter.

Now, it’s not the end of the world. As we’ve stated before, proper maintenance of the filter should solve the problem most of the time. And if it doesn’t, then you might consider changing the filters at regular intervals.

Not Following the Maintenance Schedule

Now, how often should you clean the filter? It’s recommended to do it on every new moon. And changing it is a must once it has served the purpose for 10-12 months. Otherwise, it would surely lose its charm, leaving you with a troublesome air purifier.

And you might be wondering – “Cleaning the filter once a month?! It can’t get worse.” Well, I’m telling you that it’s easy. Remove the filter after removing the outer coverings and wash it gently. Not so much of nuclear science, is it?

Wrong Placement

Whenever you perceive a burning smell, rule out the possibility of overheating immediately. To protect the device, placing it away from any heat source is essential.

Also, make sure that the area you choose for placing the device has proper ventilation. It holds so much importance in the longevity of the machine. I would suggest that it’s placed near to the windows keeping only a little distance. You don’t want the hot sunlight to fall on it, do you?

Damaged Motor  

Sometimes, the motor gets damaged, making the purifier faulty. However, the chance of such happening isn’t too high. But, as a user, you cannot overlook the possibility. And you might need the help of a mechanic to figure out the condition of the motor.

So, if you are positive about a non-functional motor, all you have to do is pick up the phone and call the manufacturers for help immediately. Meanwhile, don’t make the mistake of keeping the purifier On desperately, no matter how tempting the idea seems. Customer care should see to the problems immediately.

Faulty Fan Blades

Now we are getting into the rare possibilities. Fan blades sometimes brake. And there’s no way the purifier can function properly when its vital component is ripped off. Therefore, don’t forget to check the fan blades. And if they need replacement, do it.

Here it’s important to ensure the proper size of the blades. They need to be compatible with the device.

Not Following the Manual

Anything with regards to the electronics demand accuracy. If you aren’t following the manual provided with the purifier, you are committing a mistake. Yes, the manufacturers know better about their products than you do. It’s naïve to be overconfident or lazy.

From installation to maintenance, every move should be per the user’s manual. This way, you won’t have to blame yourself later if something goes wrong.

It’s Time to Welcome a New One Home

The last but not least reason could be that the purifier can’t take it anymore. After years of hard work, it’s finally resigning. Yes, you don’t expect it to keep purifying the air to no end, do you? Machines do have expected durability. And the one you own might’ve crossed the finishing line.

Buy a new one if the purifier has served the purpose for about half a decade or so. A new device would be precious at this point. And it will help keep the dear ones healthy.

Final Words

We hope that we have answered the question storming inside your mind – Why does my Honeywell Air Purifier keep shutting off? See, the brand is a top one. And the products it has introduced have been living up to the standard for a while.

So, rather than getting worked up, it’s time you solve the problem with a positive attitude. The manufacturers, technicians, family, and lastly, us – you will find everyone at your aid. And if the article could guide you toward the sought salvation, it would mean a lot to us.

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Paul M Walker

I, Paul M Walker, am the founder and the author of this little site you are currently on. I work to provide readers with no-fuss and easy-to-follow solutions regarding common air purifier and humidifier problems.

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